St. Paul Pioneer Press
MINNEAPOLIS — Hennepin County Sheriff's deputies on Monday afternoon, June 26, pulled the body of an unidentified man from the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Deputies responded about 4 p.m. to a report of a possible body in the water near the Washington Avenue bridge, according to the sheriff's office. The Hennepin County medical examiner's office will identify the man and determine the cause of death. The sheriff's office is investigating the death. No further information was immediately available.
Two leaders of a multimillion-dollar synthetic drug ring operating in Minnesota pleaded guilty and have been sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison. Omar Wazwaz, 35, of New Brighton, and Vladimir Brik, 27, of Duluth, were indicted in 2015. Each was charged in federal court with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute controlled substance analogues. Brik also was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
ST. PAUL -- A former U.S. Tax Court judge and her husband recorded nine vacations as “business expenses.” On Thursday, they were convicted of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and obstruction of an IRS audit, respectively. From 2004 to 2010, former judge Diane Kroupa and her husband, Robert Fackler of Minnetonka, intentionally understated their taxable income by about $1 million and the amount of taxes they owed by at least $450,000, according to prosecutors.
ST. PAUL — Clarence Castile says he's not giving up hope. He's disappointed that Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of charges in the killing of his nephew Philando Castile. He says the system is flawed when Yanez can walk away from what he sees as a terrible mistake without so much as a legal slap on the wrist.
LE SUEUR, Minn. -- A motorcyclist was fatally injured last week in Scott County southwest of the Twin Cities when cargo tumbled from a pickup truck, causing the trailing motorcycle to hit another vehicle and crash. Thomas Willis Ely, 57, of Le Sueur was hospitalized after the June 8 crash and died Sunday at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.
KANSAS CITY -- For 40 minutes, Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath was satisfied with how his reserve-filled lineup fought against Sporting Kansas City’s regulars in a fourth-round match of the 104th U.S. Open Cup. But separation showed in the final minutes of Wednesday’s first half as Kansas City scored a pair of goals before the break and added two more deep in the second half for a 4-0 win at Children’s Mercy Park.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Vikings had quite a surprise in store Wednesday for Randy Moss and Ahmad Rashad. When Moss went to Winter Park, he thought it was to discuss his role for February’s Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium. And Rashad was in the Twin Cities after having ankle replacement surgery here last week.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- A judge on Monday sentenced a Lauderdale man to 39 years in prison for shooting into a car full of Somali-American men and wounding two of them last summer in Minneapolis. According to the Hennepin County attorney’s office, Anthony Sawina apologized in court to the victims but then erupted as deputies were returning him to custody.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A year ago, Matt Cullen, at the age of 39, lifted Lord Stanley's Cup above his head for the second time in a long and accomplished NHL career. His contract was expiring, his legs tiring, and his three boys growing. There were abundant reasons to hang up the skates. But even with his name twice inscribed on the Stanley Cup, Cullen put retirement on hold for at least another year, re-signing with the Pittsburgh Penguins for another shot at hockey's biggest prize.